Walt Disney World – Trying new things and revisiting old favorites is what makes every visit different from the one before. I’m committed to adding something new to every trip…our most recent Disney vacation was no exception.
Disney World! Always New Things to Try
Most of the items on this list rate their very own review in the future (please stand by). Today I’m going for a quick rundown of what was new (to us) and what our initial impressions were. Please feel free to weigh in on what you’re looking forward to trying for the first time on your next Walt Disney World visit.
- Mad Tea Party. Yes, that’s right, Raymond and I have never, not once, taken a spin on this most iconic of Magic Kingdom attractions. Now we can say we’ve done it. Aaaaaaand that’s pretty much all I have to say about that…for now.
- Disney Springs’ new offerings. We didn’t have a great deal of time to spare, but we did manage to grab lunch at Morimoto Street Food (new walk-up counter service at Morimoto Asia) and check out a few of the new stores in the new retail shopping section. Lunch was great, the stores were okay. In spite of all the fancy, new high-end offerings, I found myself pulled back to my old favorites like the Marketplace Co-Op and Disney’s Days of Christmas. That’s where I spent my money. I was inordinately happy with my Schweitzer Falls t-shirt buy…can you blame me?
- Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge and Tiffins – Guys! We give these new places a resounding, unanimous vote of approval! I promise more details later, but if you’re on the fence about trying one or both…get off the fence on the side of definitely going.
- Epcot’s Via Napoli – Raymond and I enjoyed a special dining experience here during the 2014 Food & Wine festival, but had never made a regular ADR for a meal here until this visit. I’d been skeptical of reviews that said the pizza was fantastic (Disney pizza is typically anything but fantastic) and the food excellent overall, but I’m a believer now and cannot wait to go back! We were very happy!
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – All I can say in my own defense was that I thought it would be unique and fun. Yeahhhhh….not so much. Didn’t hate it, but now that we’ve given it a try, there’s no need to go back. For the price, service level, and menu, there are too many superior choices…we’ll put this in the “once and done” category. I’ll go ahead and add that for us, the service was subpar and the seating less than ideal for a party of more than four.
- Frozen Ever After – Raymond and I managed to score a FastPass for this and ride it on the first day of our vacation. I hate that we couldn’t get FastPasses for the rest of our party! This attraction is outstanding. Let’s not debate its suitability for the Norway Pavilion in Epcot and just focus on the experience alone…wonderful!
- Soarin’ – This was THE one thing I was most looking forward to. I’ve always been a fan and could not wait to check out the new version. I was both delighted and disappointed in equal measure. Have you ridden it yet? What did you think?
Okay, now it’s your turn. Have you tried any/all of these yet? Where do we agree and disagree?